Nagat Ali, Translated from the Arabic by Gretchen McCullough

Born and raised in Cairo, NAGAT ALI is a doctoral candidate in Literature at Cairo University. Her collections of poetry include: A Superstitious Creature Adores Garrulousness, Cracked Wall, and Like the Blade of a Knife. She was awarded the Tangier Prize for Poetry in 2009, and in 2010, she was selected as one of the best writers in the Arab world for Arab Festival Beirut 39. This excerpt is from her book in progress, Days of the Revolution, excerpts of which were published in Arabic by Nizwa Magazine, April 2012.

GRETCHEN MCCULLOUGH is a writer and translator whose bilingual book of short stories in English and Arabic, Three Stories From Cairo, was published in July 2011 by AFAQ Publishing House, Cairo. Currently she is a Senior Instructor in the Department of Rhetoric and Composition at the American University in Cairo. For more of her writings and translations, go to

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